Neil Jarman


This Essay explores the problems that have emerged over the right to parade since 1994. It begins with a brief review of the historical significance of parades in Ireland before summarizing the background to the current disputes. This Essay considers the causes of the problem, the arguments of the various parties, and the development of legal controls on parades. The Essay then moves on to review the attempts that have been made to resolve the issue. In particular, the Essay focuses on the formal measures that have been taken by the British Government to resolve the disputes rather than the practical measures taken to mediate, negotiate, and police the problems at a local level. Such measures include the consideration given to the problem in the report of the Independent Review of Parades and Marches, changes that have been made to the legislation governing parading, and the formation of the Parades Commission with powers to issue legal determinations over disputes.